While Mardi Gras may not be the family-friendliest of holidays, a celebration that’s full of beads, masks and King Cake will likely sound appealing to any kid (and parent). Fat Tuesday is February 9, 2016, so we’ve rounded up a list of restaurants where you can enjoy the tastes of New Orleans in Des Moines. Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler!
615 3rd Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 244-2899
If you want a New Orleans fix without the travel head to Buzzard Billy’s downtown. This Cajun Creole restaurant has all the fixings that come to mind when you’re thinking Mardi Gras. They have everything from Po’ boys and Fried Alligator to a plate of Crawfish Etouffee and Jambalaya.
6112 SW 9th Street • Des Moines, IA • 515) 285-3552
With the name Fat Tuesday you know you’re in for a taste of Cajun culture. Nosh on authentic N’awlins cuisine–think: Fried Catfish and Red Beans and Rice–and sip on Bourbon Street styled beverages like the Jazz, Dixie and Blackened Voodoo (the littles can get root beers:).
4345 Hickman Road • Des Moines, IA 50310 • (515) 255-4111
We often celebrate Mardi Gras with cuisine of the Big Easy, but The Caribbean also takes this festive holiday seriously. Flying Mango serves up both Cajun and Caribbean fare. Enjoy Louisiana “BBQ” Shrimp and Grits, Jerk Spiced Pulled Pork or indulge with a taste of Southwest Chocolate Cake or White Chocolate Bread Pudding served with Chilled Mango Sauce.
1907 EP True Parkway • West Des Moines, IA 50265 • (515) 225-4059
It’s not specifically N.O. cooking, but there is Catfish and Shrimp Po’ boys on the menu at Jeremiah Bull Frog’s. And you can wash it all down with a HOPR, your very own self iced, tabletop beer tapper! The night-time festivities may be more for the 21+-set, but Jeremiah’s lunchtime and early evening happenings are family friendly.
9350 University Avenue • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 987-8686
This BBQ joint in Waukee also serves up a few Cajun favorites. Chicken and Sausage Gumbo and their Gulf Shrimp Dinner all reflect a southern influence. And if you can’t decide if you’re hankering BBQ or Cajun food, have both with one of Jethro’s Cajun & BBQ Dinners.
How do you celebrate Mardi Gras family style in Des Moines? Tell us in the Comments below!